Michael J. O’Keefe was born in Queens to John and Catherine (nee Keegan) O’Keefe and raised in Woodside. His paternal grandparents emigrated from County Cork, and his maternal grandparents from Counties Cavan and Antrim. Michael proudly attended St. Teresa School in Woodside, and received a bachelor’s degree from Siena College and a Masters in Public administration from Marist College. Michael is Executive Director of Operations and Risk Management at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, NY and previously served the Mount as Director of Security & Safety. Michael had a distinguished career with the New York City Police Department retiring as deputy inspector, and served in the U.S. Army and attained the rank of Major. He is active in the Ancient Order of Hibernians in Orange County, serving as financial secretary for both Division 2 (Cornwall) and the County Board, and in 2016 he was honored to be one of Irish Voice’s Education 100. He serves on the facilities committee of the Newburgh Armory Unity Center, enjoys volunteering across Orange County and is a parishioner of Holy Name of Mary-Assumption in Montgomery. Michael and his wife Kathleen, together for 29 years, enjoy traveling to Ireland and visiting family in Dublin and Dunmanway, County Cork, home of the O’Keefe seat. They have three grown children, Kieran, Colin and Clare.